Hey Warriors, it has been a little while since I've posted here. I think at this point almost a year, but I figured this might be one of the last/best places to get some support and even a reality check.
My background is that I am currently 2 years out of a stage IIIB diagnoses, did a 1 year trial of adjuvant pembro every three weeks. NED, next scans are at the end of this month.
I'm 27 years old and have had the same job for the past 4 years. Like anything else, sometimes its great, sometimes it is not. I've been promoted in the last year, so higher responsibility and pay and I really like the people. Is it where I see myself in 5 years? Not exactly, but I think I'm gaining valuable experience.
The best part of it: the healthcare. We have one of those old employer plans thats basically a hold over from the old days where premiums are super low and the coverage is outstanding. It has covered everything over the past 3 years of my diagnoses (scans/MRI/appointments/surgery..you get it).
Now I'm a fairly young guy, and I've been recruited pretty heavily by a local team in a different industry to become what is essentially an apprentice. This means that if I left my current job I'd lose insurance (or switch to COBRA, which would be $800/month out of pocket) and then have my salary reduced by about $40k. This is all in the hopes that in a few years I'll be out of the apprentice role making more moeny(ideally, maybe not).
So I'm reaching out to you, the MRF warriors. People who have fought and are in the fight. I can be humble here and recognize that I'm lucky. I have my current health and this opportunity before me. I'm beyond grateful for that. Has anyone else been through this? Is this just a gamble I'll have to make in life? Is being conservative about my job and health care security intelligent?
But is the wise choice to stick with my insurance and current level of stability now and get a few more years out before I start looking at big career direction shifts?What would you do?
Apologies if this is totally off base from normal questions on here, it is moreso one on health care decision making..
--A very conflicted warrior